Local Escapes

Take In Some Fresh Sea Air On These Amazing Lighthouse Walks On Victoria’s Coast

By Ben Tyers
23rd Jun 2020

The Split Point Lighthouse on Victoria's Shipwreck Coast.

We're all looking for that little escape after being stuck in isolation for months.

Right now, we need to stay safe, but we can still explore the amazing parts of Victoria while doing so.

Recently we've covered some great waterfall hikes that you can head on, and how to make the most of road trips to South Gippsland, The Grampians, Heathcote, and the Yarra Valley.

This time, we turn out attention to the many lighthouse walks on Victoria's coast.

Victoria has more than 1,800km of coastline, and lighthouses have been integral to keeping boats safe since the early days of the state's foundation.

Here are five of Victoria's best lighthouse walks.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Distance From Melbourne: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. The sun is setting over Bass Strait.

On Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula you'll find the Cape Schanck lighthouse.

The lighthouse was built in 1859, and is surrounded by buildings of a similar era.

You can take a guided tour of the lighthouse, visit the lighthouse museum, or take on the Bushrangers Bay Nature Walk which is a two hour round trip.

There are plenty of other spots to explore in the area. Walk to the tip of Cape Schanck itself and see Pulpit Rock and the basalt cliffs surrounding the lighthouse.

You can also explore the rock pools, and you'll find The Pines Picnic Area nearby which has gas BBQs.

Split Point Lighthouse

Distance From Melbourne: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

The Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet, Victoria.

Situated on Victoria's shipwreck coast, the Split Point lighthouse can be found at Aireys Inlet.

The lighthouse is famously known as the lighthouse that was lived in by the Twist family in 90s TV show Round The Twist.

There are tours of the Split Point Lighthouse which are self-guided and cost $10. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you'll need to book online here if you're planning to head down to Aireys Inlet.

There are plenty of walks nearby with amazing views into Bass Straight, and there is a cafe nearby to grab lunch at.

Lady Bay Lighthouses

Distance From Melbourne: 3 Hours

One of the Lady Bay lighthouses situated in Flagstaff Maritime Village in Warrnambool, Victoria.

Two for the price of one.

There are two lighthouses situated on the bay in Warrnambool, both being a part of popular tourist destination Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

You can climb to the top of each lighthouse to get great views across the bay and along the shipwreck coast. If you're planning on spending a bit more time in the area, you can stay at one of the restored harbourmaster's houses nearby.

Cape Otway Lightstation

Distance From Melbourne: 3 Hours 10 Minutes

The Cape Otway Lighthouse on Victoria's Shipwreck Coast.

Built in 1859, the Cape Otway Lightstation is Victoria's most important lighthouse. It was the first sight of land for many immigrants travelling by ship to Australia from Europe and North America.

Take a climb to the lighthouse balcony to take in some amazing views across Bass Strait. Visit the Aboriginal meeting hut where you can appreciate and understand local indigenous culture with storytelling and bush tucker sessions from local guides.

Grab a feed from The Lightkeeper's Kitchen which serves tasty homemade food and freshly baked scones.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

Distance From Melbourne: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

The lighthouse in Queenscliff, Victoria.

Located at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum is located on the Bellarine Peninsula in Queenscliff.

The lighthouse watched over the notorious 'rip' at The Entrance, and was the last lifeboat service that operated in Victoria. In all, the 'Queenscliffe' lifeboat operated for 120 years.

Walk through the streets of the nearby historic town of Queenscliff, or walk along the shore at Rabbit Island and Swan Island.

You can also jump on the Searoad Ferry for a trip over to Sorrento to explore the tip of the Mornington Peninsula.

For more travel inspiration around Victoria, head to our Local Escapes section.

Image credit: Visit Victoria

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